Rustic Retreat: Log Cabin in the Woods

Though not a tiny house this is small by today’s standards and I think will give you some great ideas. Enjoy!

By: Estemerwalt Log Homes of Honesdale, PA

Photo Credit: Estemerwalt Log Homes/

This Pennsylvania log cabin is a year-round rustic hunting and fishing retreat – the perfect outdoors getaway, and the very definition of aesthetic simplicity.  While not teeny-tiny, this little cabin is a marvel of simple efficiency.  The 1,200 square feet of living space relies on nooks to delineate space functionally; two small sleeping lofts meet at a spiral staircase, and there are three more beds on the main level.

Furnishings are sparse, as are amenities: this home is completely off the grid.  There is no running water – only an outside well and an outhouse. There is no power – the owner brings a generator with him when he’s there, and the log cabin is heated only by the woodstove and fireplace.  (The photographer brought a generator with him for this photo shoot, to light the cabin.)

Located two miles from the nearest road, this property came with a run-down cabin the owner initially planned to restore, before he realized a newer place would better serve for a hunting and fishing retreat. The logs come from Estemerwalt Log Homes, a 5th generation, family owned company with 125 years of experience in the lumber industry. The logs for this cabin are milled 10” round eastern white pine, and made the voyage to their final home here several logs at a time, due to the remote location of this property.
This is one home that fits its surroundings perfectly!

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Franzoidle - February 10, 2011 Reply

Freaking awesome, but now my roommate wants me build him one in my backyard(I live on 3 acres).

slowmosey - February 10, 2011 Reply

really beautiful! and the setting is gorgeous too

mike - February 10, 2011 Reply


Paula - February 10, 2011 Reply

Pretty, but I can’t help thinking what a lot of wasted space.

    Tim B - July 8, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t that the point of being in the wide open. For the space. Nice to see something not crapped and cluttered by to much man made crap. Simple plain & beautiful. Like god intended in the beginning.

alice - February 10, 2011 Reply

Major house envy! I’m sure that space gets used when there’s a group of people on hand. This place looks made for big gatherings of family and friends. That cookstove can handle a feast easily.

mat - February 10, 2011 Reply

I’m familiar with Montoursville, PA; I spent weeks in the area every summer as a child. It’s up in the Endless Mountains region…which is fairly remote all by itself. Wonderful area to ride a motorcycle in, and not that far from Scenic Route 6.

    Liesl Schick - February 10, 2011 Reply

    I love it, especially the stove in the kitchen. It looks like a storybook setting!

      mat - February 10, 2011 Reply

      In general, the area just north of Montoursville (Eaglesmere, Dushore, etc) is beautiful. Beautiful but poor. It’s like a little slice of WV right in northern PA.

Bill - February 10, 2011 Reply

Definitely a beautiful looking house. It may not be tiny, but at 1200 sq ft, it would be small compared to most modern houses. A nice size and looks great.

BigGoofyGuy - February 10, 2011 Reply

That is one nice looking house. I would not mind living there year round.

JT - February 11, 2011 Reply

It’s beautiful !!! But not exactly a Tini House. :O(

Leone - February 11, 2011 Reply

When do I move in?

Cheryl - February 11, 2011 Reply

Agreed on wasted space but great for a lot of people. Personally I would want something way smaller. I love the kitchen stove too and the beautiful setting. Though not a hunter fishing is my bag.

Tim - February 11, 2011 Reply

We have been looking for a cabin to build in upstate NY and this is perfect. My wife called Estemerwalt Log Homes and they were super helpful, knowledgeable and they invited us for a tour of their mill and offices! Here we come!!!

Julie - February 11, 2011 Reply

Love it! Very gorgeous. Those beams are amazing The size would be great for a family of 4 or 5, although I would want closed-off rooms if it were mine.

Definitely not tiny, but I love seeing different options and ideas on here. Some of us need space to stash the kids, and can’t do that very well in a 120 sq foot cabin!

Nora Mae Ball Smith - May 18, 2011 Reply

Now this is a cabin in the woods I really love this one here my family would enjoy this place for sure…..

anna - January 28, 2012 Reply

Great place, gorgeous! Would need storage to live in full time, espeocially in the kitchen, for food storage.

paul lunemann - June 4, 2012 Reply

Is that a stream in front of the cabin?

Mike - July 9, 2013 Reply

Very nice cabin. i love the stove and fireplace. great for those frosty nights

Nino - April 8, 2014 Reply

Does anyone know the owner and if it is for sale?

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